Arnolfini, Bristol (1974-79)
Clive was gallery co-ordinator at Arnolfini, Bristol (1974-79), then the largest contemporary arts complex outside of London. He initiated and hosted a series of major exhibitions including Martin Parr, ‘Artists Over Land’, Howard Hodgkin (1975), Jan Dibbets, Richard Long (1976), Robert Smithson (1977) and Carel Visser, Boyd Webb (1978).
Mostyn Art Gallery (1979-85)
As director of Mostyn Art Gallery (1979-85) he establishing it as Wales’s leading public exhibition space. Particular major exhibitions included Barry Flanagan, Edward Hopper (1981), J D Innes, Augustus John and Derwent Lees (1982) and David Nash (1983). For the exhibition ‘Turner in Wales’ (1984) the gallery was given a Prince of Wales Award.
Fabian Carlsson Gallery (1985-89)
He returned to London as managing director of Fabian Carlsson Gallery (1985-89), dealing in international contemporary and modern art, including works by De Kooning, Miro, Picasso, Rauschenberg and Warhol. He took particular responsibility for the work of Andy Goldsworthy and was closely involved in his projects in Japan and at the North Pole.
Independent Work (1989-2006)
In Britain, he compiled the catalogue raisonnés of Andy Goldsworthy’s photographs (1989) and Peter Randall-Page’s sculpture (1992) for the Henry Moore Centre of the Study of Sculpture. In Japan, he co-ordinated the exhibition ‘Sun, Wind and Rain:the Awakening of British Landscape Painting’ (1992) with major loans from the Tate Gallery and other national collections. He was a commissioner of Korea’s first international biennale (1995), responsible for selecting work from the Middle East and African countries.
Other exhibitions that he independently curated include ‘Love, Labour and Loss: 300 Years of British Livestock Farming in Art’, commissioned by Carlisle City Council for showings in Carlisle and Exeter (2002) and ‘The Impossible View?’ for The Lowry, the latter winning the Museums and Heritage Award for best UK temporary exhibition of 2003. A second major exhibition ‘The Art of White’ was curated for The Lowry in 2006.
Having become increasingly concerned with environmental issues, from 2001 he explored several options to establish the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World in Devon. In 2006 CCANW entered into a new partnership with the Forestry Commission in Haldon Forest Park nr. Exeter. Moving its base to the University of Exeter, from 2014-16 it delivered the ‘Soil Culture’ project. CCANW worked closely on the ‘Science Walden’ project with art.earth, based at the Dartington Hall Estate in Devon 2016-19.